Saturday, January 23, 2016

City Swings/Tony Adamo

CITY SWINGS/ Hip Spoken Word Lyrics/Tony Adamo/
Drums/Mike Clark/Piano Michael Wolff/Trumpet Tim Ouimette/
Alto Sax Donald Harrison/Bass Richie Goods/
Music Produced By Mike Clark/
Art Tony Adamo/

Monday, January 18, 2016

What Price Freedom/Tony Adamo


RIP Mic Gillette/ Mic Gillette wrote many horn arrangements for me over the years. In the last few months I had been talkin' to Mic about writing horn arrangements to D&B tracks that Roger Smith of TOP played on. Mike Clark & Brad Russell recorded the D&B tracks for me. Here are two of the songs that Mic wrote  Horns for me. RIP Mic.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Alfhonse Mouzon

Thanks Tony!! Glad you liked what I had to say about Jazz Radio!! I haven't released a new CD since my top ten 2011all-star straight-ahead CD "ANGEL FACE" but I just finished recording a new Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House CD in Florida last week that has to be mixed and mastered! I still feel the same about "Dead Radio".
Alphonse Mouzon
Color Art & Graphics/Tony Adamo/

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Smokin Hip Vocal/Spoken Word Show/Tony Adamo

Tony Adamo Nine Miles of Blu

"Sort of a deconstructed Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool amped up to the new millennium. Adamo is much in the same way as Miles, a visionary. Tony's unique vision has opened up yet another sub genre on the jazz family tree being commonly referred to as "HipSpokenWord." Personally I like "Beatnik Jazz" better but to each his own. Jazz / funk drummer Mike Clark is the producer and lends his prolific talents to help elevate Adamo's game to the next level." @CRITICALJAZZ

Monday, January 4, 2016

Tony Adamo SoulTracks

Tony Adamo: Tony Adamo & The New York Crew Reviewed By Soultracks

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It is into this utopian musical world that listeners are delivered on Tony Adamo and the New York Crew, the newest and most eclectically joyous release from an artist who is unapologetically beyond time.
Tony Adamo
By Chris Rizik

In 2015, where an always-connected generation screams for attention through new, often contrived definitions of “cool” and surprisingly predictable proclamations of uniqueness, singer and spoken word artist Tony Adamo arrives seemingly from nowhere as a true anachronism: a performer who is authentically “cool” in a timeless, almost reckless way that almost no popular artist today can match.

Adamo harkens back to a day that, for most modern listeners, never was: a time in the 50s and 60s when a small but influential cast of artists in jazz, poetry and movies oozed a dangerous, irresistible force that men admired and women wanted. The Rat Pack sort of had it, but for each Sinatra or Martin, there were hundreds of underground artists who lived more dangerously and closer to their creative edge. With jazz as the centerpiece, Adamo effortlessly visits this universe (“Just ride your thought on that groove…are you with me?”) where performers are “cats” that their fans “dig” or even “double dig”; where hipster artists “swing” with the beat, and music is a near religious experience for those immersed naturally or through chemical enhancements.

It is into this utopian musical world that listeners are delivered on Tony Adamo
Tony Adamo
Tony Adamo
and the New York Crew, the newest and most eclectically joyous release from an artist who is unapologetically beyond time. Using a style he calls Vocal/HipSpokenWord, Adamo creates an eleven chapter visit to a New York that only ever existed for a few, but is so clear in its painting that the listener pines for it.

The album is part history lesson through the classic jazz era, with Adamo eschewing the usual subjects, instead delivering spoken homages to lesser known, influential artists like Eddie Harris (“Listen Here Listen Up”), General T Womack (“General T”), and trumpeter Eddie Gale (Gale Flying High”). There is even wishful, created history, as Adamo tells the jazzy tale of artist Pablo Picasso’s fictional nightlife as an anonymous, hip trumpeter (“Picasso at Midnite”).

The album is rarely heavy, but Adamo lightens it further in spots, paying a fun, instrumental tribute to 40s swing in “To Bop or Not to Bop,” and moving from history teacher to wise, playful older brother, singing instruction to a young man on the hip life on “You Gotta Be Fly.”

The band is 100% on point throughout the disc, and Adamo gives them room to breathe. Whether or not Tony Adamo’s poetry hits you right, it is impossible to deny the irresistible sound of The New York Crew, a band led by producer and drummer Mike Clark, pianist Michael Wolff and trumpeter Tim Ouimette, all returning from Adamo’s Miles of Blu album. But, like Kirk Franklin in front of a Gospel choir, without playing a note, Adamo keep's the listener’s rapt attention, preaching, teaching, cajoling and tempting with a brand of poetry will hit dead home for listeners open to its unusual message and cadence.

Tony Adamo and the New York Crew will undoubtedly stretch the taste of listeners more accustomed to the narrow formulas of modern music – especially modern radio. But for those willing to be pulled in unusual, sometimes unexpected directions lyrically and musically, it is an eclectic, left field find that you won’t easily forget, and that you may just come to cherish. Recommended.
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